Originally Posted by wurger
Thanks for the articles, so EG uses uk shell cordovan now?
Bill Amberg's Rocket Briefcase seems to be the first product.
Originally Posted by RIDER
Quote from Leatherbiz.com, an on-line news group for our trade:Amberg approval for tanner’s shell cordovan offer
When UK-based tanner Joseph Clayton & Sons decided earlier this year to start making shell cordovan leather from horse hides, one regular customer, luxury leathergoods brand Bill Amberg, took an immediate interest.
As a result, Bill Amberg has just brought to market a smart new briefcase called the cordovan Rocket. Priced at just under ￡2,000, it is an exclusive addition to the Amberg catalogue. “It is hand-made in England from English cordovan supplied by the only tannery producing cordovan in the UK,” the leathergoods company has said by way of explaining the Rocket’s exclusivity. “Shell cordovan is a very expensive material costing on average between eight and ten times more than mainstream leather, due to the lengthy tanning process. Cordovan is known for being supple, long-lasting and very tough. It really is the connoisseur’s leather.”
For its part, Chesterfield-based Joseph Clayton & Sons has explained that its shell cordovan is entirely processed by hand, which means it can take six months to produce, with high levels of craftsmanship required. “It is rare, only a handful of tanneries in the world currently produce it,” the company continues, “although the process is centuries old.”
It has to be made from the crup part of a horse hide, with the cut pieces having a shell-like shape, hence the name.
I had no idea, but good to know.
I came across an interesting paper.
Experiments are done on acrylic boards as follows.
Here are scratch marks on acrylic boards by 3 kinds of chamois leather (deer suede), microfiber felt, microfiber eyeglass cloth, kleenex, and cotton face cloth.
Here are diameters of fiber bundles by scanning electron microscope: chamois (deer suede) 3μm, sheep suede 2－3μm, calf suede 2－10μm (from left to right)
and diameters of single fibers by scanning electron microscope: microfiber felt 3－10μm, microfiber eyeglass cloth 2－3μm, kleenex 3－15μm, cotton face cloth 3－15μm (from left to right)